10 Facts about Me!

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Hey, hi, hello!

Welcome, welcome to my shiny new blog. Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve got some big plans for 2018 and I’m excited to have you along for the ride. Y’ready?

If I’m going to take you to the other side of the world (for starters) with me this year, I think it’s only fair you know a bit about me. Please, please, use the comment section to introduce yourself. I’m so eager to connect with my readers.

So let’s get started with a very selfish, self-centered list all about meeee!

Im Irish

I was born and raised in Sligo on the west coast of Ireland. I was spoiled to have the ocean, forests and stunning wildlife literally on my doorstep. The Quiet Man vibes are strong there folks!

Once I’d finished secondary school I spent a year studying in Northern Ireland and then the next six in Dublin. St. James’ Gate, the Liffey, seeing Bono down the pub – it’s all possible in that little corner of the Emerald Isle.

I’ll likely touch on Ireland every now and then because, well, home is where the heart is. It’s a country full of beauty but also full of opportunity and I think it’s only fair to give as true and fair a representation to my readers as possible.

FEMINIST

Absolutely. No question. No apologies.

In the past couple of years, I’ve gotten all into my feminist, female-empowering self. I get so much joy out of supporting other amazing women in their journeys, and talking with those who, for many reasons, might be hesitant to get on-board with the moniker.

It’s not a topic I’ll discuss in isolation often here but it is a glass through which I see the world. I’ve got that lady-vision! The lives and tales of women from different places, different cultures fascinate me. They all deserve to have their stories told respectfully.

It’s also important as a female, solo-traveler to know what to expect when travelling to a particular destination. I don’t travel in fear and you shouldn’t either. But if possible, I like to be informed about cultural ‘norms’, at least to stop me making an enormous idiot of myself!

SOLO

I’m truly a solo-traveler and I love it! I don’t have a photographer boyfriend hiding behind a lens – let the poor boys be free lads! I don’t remember the last time I traveled in a group over three people.

There’s something so magical about moving about the world alone. Once you navigate your way to the other side of an ocean or solve some bizarre issue that you literally never thought you’d face, your confidence builds. Is it scary as hell at first? F*ck. Yes. The unknown is the scariest thing in the world. But, little-by-little, without you even realising, you’re out there, doing it. Lookatchoo go!

I’m also a fairly introverted person. That’s not to say I’m anti-social. I love people. But after I get done loving people, I usually need some quiet time to re-center and decompress. What better than long-haul flights to wrangle some me-time?!

Lastly, when you travel alone you always get to decide where to eat. And that, my friends, is priceless.

money

You’ve probably done the same little Google-dance that I have.

“Can I quit my job to travel?”, “How can I travel the world?”, “I’m a mid-twenties recession survivor, GET ME OUT OF HERE!”.

At first, it’s all sunshine. Countless writers and blog posts will reassure you that YES! Yes you can just quit and head off into the great wilderness. It’s all there, alongside the over-saturated beach shots.

But, wait. What do you mean you don’t have $15,000 in a high-yield savings account? You haven’t opened seventeen credit cards to build up millions of Air Miles? Oh, then I hope you’re comfortable in your current life, because no travel for you, my friend.

I’m not rich. I don’t have thousands and thousands of dollars saved. I don’t have ‘family money’. But I’ve made my desire to travel a priority for the last year or so. I’ve saved what I could. I cut out silly expenses. I’m making it work.

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My yoga journey and my traveling are intertwined. The yogic mindset is something that’s made my travel endlessly more peaceful, never-mind making those long-haul flights more bearable on the body.

My first big adventure of 2018 will hopefully see me complete my yoga teacher training. I’ll be detailing my planning, decision-making and all the fun of the road with you, just like any other trip.

Similar to feminism, yoga isn’t something I’m here to preach on. But it does colour how I view, and deal with, the world. If anything I’ve learned on this journey can be of benefit to a reader, I want to share it.!

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And, if I think it can be helpful to you, I’ve no intention of keeping them to myself.

So often, popular blogs are the ‘perfect snapshot’ of life, and that’s beautiful. But if I’m going to tell a story, I’m going to tell the whole story. Let my mishaps guide you, my travel-buddies!

Travel is not easy. I am not perfect. But hopefully I can provide some insight and some tips on making your adventures that little bit easier. If not, then we’ll get together and have a good laugh. After all, it makes for a great anecdote!

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Because is there anything more pleasurable than pleasure, my friends?

This is a big one. This’ the reason I’ve traveled. I fully believe in the importance of chasing what fulfills us. I can’t resign myself to a situation I’m not happy in.

I take such pleasure in travel, in yoga, in wine, in a perfectly timed curse-word. I don’t believe in deprivation. I believe in making it work.

Does this leave room for more planning, more safety nets, more ‘improvement’. Yes, I’d imagine so. But that’s not how I do things. Half the adventure’s in the unknown.

I can’t wait to explore the food, the beliefs, the entertainment I find at different destinations. And I’m excited to share it all with you!

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S’what I went to school for.

After a year of art and design, I decided to go the more ‘dependable’ route with journalism…why nobody stopped me, I’ve no idea. Funnily enough, in recession Ireland, there wasn’t a big call for inexperienced, baby journalists. And so began my north American travel adventure…

… So silver-linings I suppose?

This should mean my spelling and grammar is impeccable. And usually, yeah, I’m fairly good. But, be warned, I like to write colloquially, preferably with a glass of wine, so I make no promises of perfection.

Please don’t spell-shame me!!

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Yes, we’re adding even more weirdness to my resume! I’m a former, ten-time world karate champion.

I started training when I was eight and continued right up to my early twenties. I got the opportunity to coach students and see them achieve international titles. It’s a period of my life I am so grateful for because it taught me everything about standing on my own two feet and going after what I want.

If I ever get to a point where I’m settled in one spot, I’d love to open my own karate club and train again!

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Are you thinking, ‘ah it all makes sense now’?!

Yep my family is fairly small. I have one half-brother with whom I’m not close. I’ve a couple of cousins. I’ve an amazing nephew, who’s quickly outstripping all my accomplishments.

For me, my experience growing up has made me perfectly happy with my own company and has, as I see it, directly fed into how I’ve lived my life.

Luckily, I had parents who pushed me to go, to do. I wasn’t sheltered or babied. I wouldn’t change an inch of my upbringing.

 

So, d’ya feel like you know me a bit better? It’s the first time I’ve made one of those lists about myself and, lord, the pressure to think of just TEN interesting things about myself is reeeeal.

Let me get to know you too. Leave a comment. Where are ya from? Where are ya goin’? I’m so interested.

K x

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